Reports of Oregon elder abuse rise

Some of the increase is due to more reporting

An elderly couple. (MGN Online)
An elderly couple. (MGN Online)

SALEM, Ore. (AP) – Oregon is seeing an increase in reports of abuse of the elderly as the population of older Oregonians continues to grow.

A state report issued last week found a 10% increase in the number of investigations conducted into the abuse and mistreatment of vulnerable people. That includes older adults and people with disabilities.

Researcher Joe Merrifield tells the Statesman Journal that some of the increase is due to more reporting.

In 2014, more than 38,000 cases of possible abuse were reported, up from 35,000 in 2013. In both years, the most common types of abuse were financial exploitation and neglect.

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